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We’re painting the city in 2019! 
Magenta House logo by Braley Design
Magenta is the new color of water and power conservation and efficiency in a prototype campaign targeting Los Angeles Council District 5 and launching early this year. 

Called MAGENTA HOUSE, the campaign aims to remake homes across the district into models of resiliency that stand out from the crowd. 

Uniting Do-It-Yourself energy with an old fashioned barn-raising format that gets neighbors together to do something important, MAGENTA HOUSE is all about turning homes into markers of a new kind of energy efficient and water conscious future. Training for volunteer makeover teams and creating DIY kits will make the job easier than imagined (and a lot of fun). 

MAGENTA HOUSE is sponsored by the Los Angeles Department of Water of Power with support from Pasadena City College, LA Trade Tech, and others.

If you’ve always wanted to make the place you live water and power wise but haven’t known what to do, stay tuned! We’re training the DIY teams this winter for public events in the spring.   
Pando at Maryknoll at 6 months
Guest apartment at the Maryknoll compound, refurbished with Pando art by Tucker Nichols. 
PANDO AT MARYKNOLL is now six months into an extraordinary reimagining of the Maryknoll Sisters’ compound in Monrovia, CA. The vision, as ROOTBALL readers know, is to remake the campus into a demonstration, education, and acceleration site for what Pope Francis describes as “integral ecology” and John Cobb calls “ecological civilization.”  
Early launch activities have involved a lot of preliminary planning (in the context of Think Wrong Blitzes, of course), partnership building, and small bet initiatives -- like a guest apartment makeover (see above). 

We’ve also done something both nerdy and necessary: to begin sketching out what a comprehensive vision of integral ecology looks like on a spreadsheet of some 230 lines and counting. You may read it here as a draft

Called the Pando Ontology for Ecolibrium, what we’ve developed is essentially a laundry list, detailing and categorizing components of the civilization-sized vision for change that all of us are aiming for. Your list may be a little different than this, and ours remains incomplete. But at the end of the day we want a document that takes into account the whole spectrum of ideas we’re lured by. 
Maryknoll Sr. Dolores Mitch reviews Pando’s Ontology for Ecolobrium, printed on large poster board to make it easy for sisters and others to add comments.
The value of the ontology will be to help us stay systematic in our aims to incarnate it, more easily see what we’re missing, and identify both the forest and trees of concern.  

At a very practical level, we’ll use it to detail objectives, goals, and metrics over time, updating the theory as we go along. 

Lots of exciting work will be happening at Pando at Maryknoll over the next few months.  If you’d like to be involved with this adventure, write to find out more:
Help protect the clone!
Mule deer might not be your idea of a predator, but to the Pando clone they’re deadly. Fish Lake, Utah.
We're looking for Pandomaniacs to zero in on Pando (the forest) fundraising to help support key restoration activities in 2019. 

Drought and higher temperatures are now a real threat. So are animals eating the forest faster than it can regenerate. Pando chief scientist Paul Rogers puts it this way: “We’re in an emergency situation in terms of the next five to ten years. But there are ways to save Pando.”

In response, we’re recruiting folks who have fundraising and communications know-how to create a campaign to help save Pando’s life. As Paul puts it, “Likely no one out there cares more about this one-tree forest than those of us in the small Pando community -- and so this sort of work is really up to us.” 

The goal is to support basic fence repair and construction, animal camera traps, field technicians to carry out the work, and coordination of science, actions, and collaboration. 

Part of what needs to happen involves direct fundraising activities. On the communications side, the kind of help that’s needed includes arranging high-profile public engagements (think TED) for Paul. After his recent report on Pando’s condition and the strong national attention the work has attracted, we think the timing is right to make this happen. 

If you’re interested in helping, contact Paul directly at: or write to
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Paul Rogers and wise feathered friend in the midst of the Pando Grove at Doctor Creek Campground (credit: Paul C. Rogers).
Speaking of Chief Scientist Paul Rogers and Pando, Paul recently sat down with Utah Public Radio’s “Undisciplined” host Matthew LaPlante and inorganic chemist Lisa Berreato to weigh in on some potential connections between the Pando forest and inorganic chemistry. You’ll find it a fascinating conversation. 
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